Recommended Website Hosting Providers
A2 Hosting and Bluehost – Two good options!
There are many good website hosting providers. Offered below are two that I work with on a regular basis and are stand outs for performance and value.
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A high performance hosting company founded in 2003 and Headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI.
A2’s biggest selling point is their “blazing fast web hosting“. This means the response time from their servers is so fast that page load times are less than 1 second. A2 also has a one-click WordPress installation called “A2 Optimized” that includes several well known, stable plugins to provide speed and security optimizations for the WordPress site. Finally, I really, really like A2’s client login user interface. Navigation inside their login UI feels intuitive, convenient, and is visually appealing thanks to wisely-chosen contrasting colors. A2 has a 24/7/365 Guru Crew Support team you can email, chat, or call.
Founded in 2003 with Headquarters in Provo, Utah – currently one of the 20 largest providers, hosting 20 million websites worldwide
Bluehost offers unlimited disk space, network bandwidth, domain parking, ftp and email accounts. They also offer a Free SSL, however you may wind up opting for a paid version with upgraded features. Of super great convenience is their 24/7 Support team of in-house experts that you can actually call and speak to on the phone. Additionally, I’ve never experienced a wait time longer than a minute to speak with someone, which is a great value. Interestingly, they are one of three hosting providers officially recommended by WordPress.org.
Why I Use A2 Hosting
In addition to an extensive Knowledge Base, email support, and real-time chat, A2 Hosting has knowledgeable staff you can call and speak to directly for technical support 24/7 and 365 days a year.
Nightly backups of both your files and database(s) retained for 30 days, and at no extra cost to your hosting plan level.
When your business outgrows a Shared Web Hosting account, A2 Hosting can seamlessly move you to a Managed VPS Web Hosting account, and from there to one of their Managed Dedicated Servers.
A SSL certificate is applied automatically and at no extra cost to all accounts. A2 Hosting partnership with Let’s Encrypt means that A2 takes care of the process of generating, installing, and renewing the certificate so you don’t have to.
The “Lite” plan includes 25 free email accounts, and the Swift and Turbo plans allow unlimited email accounts.
I like being able to navigate inside my A2 account and easily find the information I want instead of calling support. Navigation inside their login UI feels intuitive, convenient, and is visually appealing thanks to wisely-chosen contrasting colors.